Since I am new to fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), I thought it would be fun to dig into the historical background: how these methods of natural birth control have been perceived, how they continue to evolve, and how they are changing the lives of women.
Despite the growing number of fertility awareness options available today, and the research supporting them, certain myths and misconceptions still exist questioning the effectiveness and benefits of FABMs.
Let’s talk about what FABMs are not.
When I Google searched “facts about fertility awareness” this image immediately popped up (can you spot the error?)
Likely the greatest resistance to the acceptance of FABMs is the common misassociation with the Rhythm Method. Popularized in the 1932 book “The Rhythm of Sterility and Fertility in Women” by Dr. Leo J. Latz, the Rhythm Method recommends counting the cycle days on a calendar to identify the fertile window. This method falsely assumes that individual women have reliable and consistent cycle lengths over time, which is why this method has become notorious for it’s low effectiveness rate. The Rhythm Method also overlooks biological indicators like basal body temperature and cervical mucus.
Judith Nowlin, CEO and Co-Founder of iBirth App, a software-as-a-service platform aimed at improving health outcomes for women and their families, says the reaction of women she encountered once they learn about FABMs is usually, “"How come no one ever told me this before?" She commented that “Even my physician friends were shocked saying, "We didn't learn this in Med School."
Let’s talk about what FABMs are, though.
As fertility awareness continues to gain popularity, Kindara (a majority female company!) is leading the way with scientifically-backed tools and technology, educational resources and strategic partnerships with companies and communities that share the same values of empowering women. What has been your experience navigating fertility awareness-based methods? Share your story with us over at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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